I’m IN: Community Inclusion

 

The i2i Center for Integrative Health is launching a new initiative to promote community inclusion for people with mental illness. The initiative is called, I’m IN: Community Inclusion.

The goal of I’m IN is to put into place more policies, programs, and practices that support individuals with mental illnesses so that they may participate more fully in the activities that define everyday community life.  The initiative will address the harsh reality that many people with serious mental illness are unemployed and may have fragile connections to the mainstream of community life.

Much of the content and structure of I’m IN will be adapted from a toolkit created by the Temple University Collaborative called, Jump-Starting Community Living and Participation. This nationally-recognized toolkit provides practical guidance and structure for individuals and groups that are motivated to make a significant difference in including people with mental illness within their communities.

I’m IN will convene individuals with mental illness and representatives of existing mental health advocacy groups, community collaboratives, local managed care organizations, the Practice Improvement Collaborative, behavioral health providers, state agency representatives and others in order to promote the goal of inclusion of people with mental illness in their communities.

Activities

In 2018, I’m IN got off to a very good start, convening a large number of diverse community stakeholders to being to promote the inclusion of people with mental illness in their communities, including:  individuals with mental illness and representatives of mental health advocacy groups, peer-run service providers, community collaboratives, local managed care organizations, the NC Council of Churches, behavioral health providers, state agency representatives and others.  An advisory group was formed to guide the initiative and on December 4, approximately 100 people attended the free and open I’m IN: Community Inclusion launch meeting in Pinehurst, NC.

2019 Pilots & Training

This year I’m IN will accept applications from local community groups to join as Pilot Partners.  These Pilot Partners will create and implement their own local innovations designed to include people with mental illness in meaningful ways in their communities. I’m IN will provide training to support local Pilot Partners using a toolkit created by the Temple University Collaborative called, Jump-Starting Community Living and Participation. http://www.tucollaborative.org/sdm_downloads/well-together/  This nationally-recognized toolkit provides practical guidance and structure for individuals and groups that are motivated to make a significant difference in including people with mental illness within their communities.

For more information on I’m IN, becoming a Pilot Partner or to volunteer to help please contact Michael Owen at Michael@i2icenter.org

Lead Staff

Michael Owen, Project Director
michael@i2icenter.org

Funder

Division of MH/DD/SAS
Project Collaborator – Alliance Behavioral Healthcare

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